Freedom of expression

Everyone has the right to freedom of expression

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edited on Apr 17, 2015 by Cecilia Rossler

Cecilia Rossler Apr 14, 2015

Do any users have any comments on this?

Scott Wilson Apr 14, 2015

I can't imagine why there should be a "responsibility" to express an opinion. There can't be an obligation to express opinions on anything, nor a responsibility to be heard, which seems logically impossible (nor can there be an obligation to hear.  Why should I be forced to listen to anyone?).

If this is to be kept, I'd stick to the right to freedom of expression (which can be beyond opinion, but also art, music).  However, I don't believe there should be a right to be heard, as that implies an obligation upon others to listen to, or read whatever someone else writes or says, which appears to be quite an oppressive burden.  Imagine if you had to respond to a right of everyone to be heard.

Cecilia Rossler Apr 17, 2015

LibertyScottUK, I see what you mean. Would you be happy with "Everyone should have the right to freedom of expression"?

Scott Wilson Apr 17, 2015

Yes, I agree, but I'd change the tense to the present to "Everyone has".

On this formulation I have changed my vote to a positive.

Cecilia Rossler Apr 17, 2015

Thanks, good idea, I'll change that now

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